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NPA head concerned SA might not have investigative skills needed to successfully prosecute unrest instigators

The head of the National Prosecuting Authority, Shamila Batohi, says she is concerned about whether the country has the investigative skills to successfully prosecute those who instigated the recent violence in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

Officials from the Justice Department, led by minister Ronald Lamola, appeared before Parliament’s portfolio to discuss how the justice system will process hundreds of people arrested for the looting and violence.

Batohi says successful prosecutions depend on the success of investigations.

“Looking at higher level perpetrator, we need to put together the best skills we have. General Lebeya has indicated putting together necessary skills and capacity. And I hope we have them. Because I still am concerned we may not have the available skills to deal with this and with speed with which we need to respond.”

‘Alleged ring leader of violence and looting in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal to be arrested’

Police Minister Bheki Cele has given the assurance that an alleged ring leader of the violence and looting in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal will be arrested today.

Three more people have been taken into custody and are expected to appear in court soon.

Police are adamant that they will apprehend more people following the violence and looting that disrupted business activity in the past week.

One of the alleged instigators was arrested on the West Rand.

Cele says they are determined to ensure that all those who are behind the criminal acts are brought to book.

More than 200 people have been killed in the week of violence and looting that followed the incarceration of former president Jacob Zuma.

In the video below: President Ramaphosa says instigators will be arrested, no-one will be allowed to mess up our democracy

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